Welcome to the Afterschool Zone

The Afterschool Zone is the virtual meeting place to share resources, know-how and innovative ideas. CASE for Kids uses the web site to update the community about funding opportunities, highlight model projects and connect the community with after-school activities all across Harris county. This on-line interactive resource allows parents, providers, after-school programs, students and the community an opportunity to connect during out-of-school time.

COVID-19 update: CASE For Kids, a division of HCDE, is now back in the office. Please call prior to coming in. 

For our latest at-home resources click here

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Social Emotional Learning


Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do, and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions of more kids need quality afterschool programs.
This year, due to COVID-19 afterschool programs have had to adapt and figure out what this new normal looks like for a successful program. We surveyed our programs to see how they are working through the pandemic and creating a safe space for kids to enjoy afterschool. Click here to read our full report on how COVID impacted afterschool. 

The Making Afterschool Cool Podcast is an essential part of the CASE for Kids' push to increase the awareness of resources that improve quality in the afterschool and out-of-school time field. Join Mike Wilson and field experts as they discuss best practices, the growth mindset, project-based learning, social emotional learning, restorative practices and student engagement all with afterschool providers in mind!

About HCDE

HCDE is a unique, educational hybrid serving school districts, governmental agencies, nonprofits and the public in the third-largest county in the U.S. HCDE annually serves a quarter-million students and educators through schools for students with profound special needs; the largest adult education program in Texas; Head Start early childhood education; school-based therapy services; and afterschool programs. Educator professional development and certification, school safety, records management, and a purchasing cooperative are also provided. #SeeTheImpact at http://www.hcde-texas.org

About CASE for Kids

As an afterschool intermediary, CASE for Kids provides resources, trainings and funding for students in grades pre-k through 12 in afterschool programs in schools, child care facilities and community centers. As a branch of Harris County Department of Education, the division was founded in 1999 with a goal to keep kids safe, help working families and improve academic achievement. More at https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone/

Our Mission

Strengthen, support, and sustain afterschool programs and out-of-school time activities.

Our Vision

A connected community investing in opportunities for youth.